231 Interesting and historical facts about England.
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Corfe castle was the inspiration for Kirrin Island in Enid Blyton's Famous Five books.
Corfe castle was mostly demolished during the Civil War, by orders of Parliament, and then much of the stone was used by the nearby villagers.
Corfe Castle was one of the first stone castles in England.
The name 'Corfe' comes from Old English and means 'a cutting' as it is built overlooking a gap in the Purbeck Hills.
Corfe Castle was built to guard a gap in the Purbeck Hills.
Corfe Castle was built by William the Conqueror, and it dates to the 11th century.
Wells, in Somerset, is England's smallest city with just 12,000 inhabitants, but also a stunning 13th century Cathedral.
It is believed that the Bell Inn Pub, located in Moreton-in-Marsh, was inspiration for the Prancing Pony Inn from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien.
It is believed that the the church door at St Edward's Church, in Stow on the Wold, which is flanked by two ancient Yew Trees, may have been inspiration for J.R.R.Tolkien's west-gate of Moria in The Lord of the Rings.
There are 99 Yew Trees in the churchyard of St Mary’s in Painswick, in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds. Legend has it that the devil would not let the 100th one grow, and this was put to the test in recent years when a 100th tree was planted to mark the millenium. However, during a storm in 2007 one of the trees was blown down, which some believe was the devil's work.